The Middle East and North Africa: Publications

Policy Brief

Sacred struggles: How Islam shapes politics in Mali

by Andrew Lebovich - 01st November, 2019

Religious issues and leadership play an increasingly important role in Mali, but international actors are ill-equipped to understand and analyse this.

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Policy Brief

Beyond good and evil: Why Europe should bring ISIS foreign fighters home

by Anthony Dworkin - 25th October, 2019

EU member states have failed to come up with a coherent policy on how to handle the hundreds of their citizens having travelled to join ISIS in Syria.

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Policy Brief

China’s great game in the Middle East

by Camille Lons (project editor), Jonathan Fulton, Degang Sun, Naser Al-Tamimi - 21st October, 2019

Europeans should monitor China’s influence on regional stability and political dynamics, especially in relation to surveillance technology and arms sales

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Web Special

Differentiation Tracker

by Hugh Lovatt - 01st October, 2019

ECFR’s Differentiation Tracker provides a snapshot of third state relations with Israel – and the extent to which these contain a clearly defined territorial definition that explicitly excludes Israeli settlements constructed on occupied territory in line with UNSCR 2334.

Policy Brief

Libya’s global civil war

by Tarek Megerisi - 26th June, 2019



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Meeting the challenge of secondary sanctions

by Ellie Geranmayeh & Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 25th June, 2019

The EU and its member states should strengthen their sanctions policy and begin to build up their deterrence and resilience against secondary sanctions

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Policy Brief

Saudi First: How hyper-nationalism is transforming Saudi Arabia

by Eman Alhussein - 19th June, 2019

Saudi Arabia is embracing a new nationalism that is transforming domestic politics and the country’s foreign policy

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Web Special

Mapping armed groups in Mali and the Sahel

by Andrew Lebovich - 24th May, 2019

Violence is tearing Mali and the Sahel apart. But who are the armed groups behind the bloodshed? Where are international actors stationed in the region? And what motivates them all?

Policy Brief

Can Assad win the peace?

by Nour Samaha - 15th May, 2019



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